Ein definition

ēn, ēin
A chemical compound related to a specified compound with a similar name ending in –in or –ine:

Phthalein.

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Used to differentiate a compound from another having a similar spelling but ending in -in or -ine.
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Used to indicate a compound containing an internal anhydride.
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(US, taxation) Employer Identification Number.
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Origin of ein

  • altered < -in & -ine

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition